Donald Trump pledged to create “high paying jobs for American workers” and renegotiate trade agreements on the campaign trail, but again emphasized job creation at a recent meeting of CEOs last week. But figuring out how to do this has been a hot topic of discussion among those who both agree with Trump’s policies and those who don’t. But one thing is for certain. Most people believe that manufacturing products in America and purchasing products made in America both stimulate the American economy and provide jobs.
One company, America First Certification, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, has decided to help American consumers determine which products and services are actually, truly “American.” Current “Made in the U.S.A. labels only apply to manufacturers, leaving out other businesses and industries, according to an article in The Daily Caller.
“For example, a seafood restaurant in Maryland may hire American servers, source its soft-shell crabs from the Chesapeake Bay, and pay taxes exclusively to the U.S. government, yet receive no acknowledgement of its “America First” practices,” says Charlie Bross, Founder of America First Certification. His new certification process ensures that whatever it is you’re consuming is certified as putting American workers and economy at the forefront of its business practice. Bross’s company says its certification means five things for a company:
- Proves your commitment to keeping or creating jobs for American workers
- Means you pay taxes and wages that are spent locally
- Shows you contribute to the economic vitality of our great nation
- Provides a competitive advantage for your organization
- Generates more business and visibility for your organization
Bross says certification will allow companies to gain a competitive advantage and public visibility while satisfying consumers’ pro-America preferences at the same time. Ten percent of the proceeds also go to support veterans’ charities, such as the Wounded Warrier Project.
As labor costs rise overseas and the negative publicly of outsourcing intensifies, American businesses have a rare opportunity to prove their patriotism.
Consumers can show their patriotism, too, when they buy American – certified American products and services.
For more information about America First Certification for your business, visit their website.